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The guitarist said the band are still working on their comeback album

Black Sabbath‘s Tony Iommi has said that the metal icons will be touring “as much as we’re able” next year.

Writing in a post on his website, Iommi.com, the guitar player thanked fans for their support throughout the year and also made reference to his battle with cancer. He wrote:

What a year! Certainly not the one I was expecting. Thanks to you all for your massive help and support, it was very encouraging. I’m still working on the album and managed to play three shows, not bad given the news a year ago. I’m looking forward to next year, seeing what you think of the record and touring as much as we’re able.

He added: “My Best Wishes to you all, I hope you have a great Christmas and New Year, most of all, stay positive.”

Black Sabbath recently revealed that they are six tracks into recording their new album, which is due for release in April of next year. Iommi has said that the final album will consist of 15 tracks.

They will be playing five shows in Australia and New Zealand in April and May of next year and will also be appearing at Ozzfest in Japan on May 12, 2013.

Black Sabbath were recently named the most important British hard rock band in a new poll by the BPI.

Sabbath took almost half of all votes cast. Iron Maiden and Led Zeppelin came in second and third respectively. Speaking about coming out on top of the poll, Sabbath stated: “We are honoured and flattered to be acknowledged in a poll like this which is voted for by the fans. We thank you.”